Posted in music | tour dates on January 19, 2009

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Tibet's Communist Party-controlled legislature has voted to create a holiday to mark China's defeat of a pro-independence uprising 50 years ago in the Himalayan region, calling it a day of liberation from feudalism, state media reported Monday.

The 382 legislators attending the session unanimously voted to designate March 28 as "Serf Liberation Day," the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing Legqog, director of the Standing Committee of the Tibetan Autonomous Regional People's Congress. Like many Tibetans, Legqog uses a single name.

The politically sensitive date marks the flight of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, into exile in India as Chinese troops attacked in March 1959. On March 28 of that year, Beijing announced the dissolution of the Tibetan government and the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region under Communist rule.

China says Tibet has always been part of its territory, while many Tibetans say their land was virtually independent for centuries. [AP]

The lineup for the 19th annual Tibet House benefit concert at Carnegie Hall is now: Antibalas, Steve Earle, Angelique Kidjo, Keb' Mo', Philip Glass & Zack Glass, The National, Patti Smith & Jesse Smith, and Vampire Weekend. Tibet House is also claiming that they "are expecting other artists to join the line-up soon". Get your tickets to the February 3rd show at Carnegie Hall's site.

Antibalas is also playing a couple of full shows at Southpaw in Brooklyn a few days earlier.

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama is appearing at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on May 4th. Paul Simon is playing there in February.



Comments (7)

There is something weird about paying to hear the Dalai Lama.

Shouldn't it be free?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2009 3:46 PM

^^ even though it's fashionable and hip to be into Buddhism and the Dalai, it's still a typical organized religion.

They are all more than happy to take your money for a little guilt-relief, fake salvation and pseudo-enlightenment.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2009 4:44 PM

Bowery Presents

Jesus Christ
at Terminal 5

March 4th, 2009

Price: $89.50

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2009 4:46 PM

4:46- student dscounts?

Posted by donn | January 19, 2009 5:04 PM

The Dalai Lama jets around the world collecting a LOT of cash for his 'cause' and living in luxury in his India palace.

The Dalai Lama led an uprising, with the assistance of (and on the payroll of) the US CIA. Pre-1948 Tibet had an elite ruling class ruling over a slave class (serfs). The disposed rulers wanted to regain their position and their power. "Independence" for the working class sounds like a just cause, but wasn't the case in Tibet nor the reason behind the uprising.

The Dalai Lama is a smart man, and seemingly a man of compassion. But he still claims to be the leader of the Tibetian Government (in exile) and lives in a palace. Which other religious leaders in history aspired to wealth and political power? Not Gandhi, not Buddha, not Jesus...

Posted by Rusty Freedom | January 20, 2009 12:52 PM

The Dalai Lama is not rich. When he's invited to speak somewhere, it's the people inviting him that put on the event; we have to afford to have the show, whether it's a rock star or a world peace leader. Travel isn't free for anyone; Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, the Pope - - they all can't just magically afford to travel without paying anything, and we can't magically afford to host them without covering our costs.

The Dalai Lama gives free talks all the time, for that matter, to the best of his ability to do so.

Freedom isn't free, rescuing hurricane victims isn't free, rescuing Tibetans being brutalized by Chinese soldiers isn't free. Money isn't evil; it's merely an exchange medium for our effort. If we can't physically bring some food to a hurricane survivor, at least we can send money to someone who can, right?

As for you, Donn, I know your kind--paid by the Chinese government to post "anti-Tibet" messages. I battle your kind every day. Please consider the thought that being against Tibetans is not the same thing as being for Chinese.

Posted by Sheila Shigley | January 22, 2009 1:01 PM

well said.
cynics have typically not (or historically, for that matter) brought about positive change in the world. but, really...what did you expect from BV commenters?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:32 PM

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